Sculpture Artist Nick Ervinck from Belgium.

Sculpture Artist Nick Ervinck from Belgium.
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An Interview with Nick Ervinck.

Who and where are you from:

I am an artist born in 1981 in Belgium. Currently I have my own studio in Lichtervelde, Belgium. The focus of my work is digital prints, 3D prints and large polyester sculptures.

How you got into this?

I have always wanted to be an accountant, art was never a topic in our home, I never even visited a museum when I was younger. Play has always been there in my life. When I was very young, I played and built things with Lego blocks. Later, this turned into the virtual building blocks of a whole series of God games; computer games such as SimCity, Settlers, Traffic Tycoon and Caesar. I'm sure that this is how my understanding of computers came about. Architecture has always fascinated me, so it was my first choice when I switched to art school. But the lessons on perspective theory didn't interest me and the scale models I made were not always feasible because I wanted to go beyond what was being offered to me on the course. I switched to ceramics and graphic design. When I discovered software such as Photoshop, a whole new world opened up to me. I suddenly realised that you can do a lot more with a computer than just play games. I studied 3D multimedia at Ghent Academy. My focus was primarily on performance and video art then, and I played around with computer effects. But I didn't really find my way in this and so I switched to the Mixed Media course. There, I gradually found my feet.

What is you driving force?

Everything I do is about the freedom that I need to preserve in order to be able to create. you play God over the world that you've created yourself. You have complete control over the laws of nature. A few extra suns or trees raining out of the sky? Done. There are barely any limits and I find that fascinating. What I do as an artist, I do 24/7. It's my passion, it's the reason I get up in the morning. I actually see the computer as an extension of my body: an external hard drive in which I save all my images in order to create extra space in my head. I am constantly moving forward, expanding my oeuvre and reframing my concepts.

What kind of work you do and why?

The studio takes a vanguard position in the field of digital technology (such as 3D technology and computational design methods). My oeuvre has one foot firmly planted in the digital world. Using copy paste, and depending on the actual task and its context, I apply images, shapes and textures of extremely diverse origins.  I create my own universe while simultaneously referencing both classical sculpture and contemporary pop culture. I explore the boundaries between various media, in order to explore the aesthetic potential of sculpture, 3D prints installation, architecture and design. Consequently, I am particularly interested in how the computer can be used in the realisation of new, organic and experimental (negative) spaces and sculptures within sculptures and how the tension between blobs and boxes is articulated during the digital designing process.

Miniature Food Sculptures by Stephanie Kilgast from Vannes, France.

Miniature Food Sculptures by Stephanie Kilgast from Vannes, France.
Inspired by natural forms, Stéphanie Kilgast grows colorful organic sculptures on abstract backgrounds, celebrating the beauty of nature and implying the impending doom caused by human activities.

She built her reputation around hyperrealistic miniature food sculptures and learned how to handle what would become her favorite medium, polymer clay.

With a focus on natural forms and often ethics, she worked on the « daily veggie challenge » in 2015, where she sculpted a different vegetable every day to present the vast quantity of edible plants, while encouraging to reduce our meat and animal products intake for environmental reasons. At the same time, to brighten her own mood, she keeps getting back to insects and surrealism in the “happy bugs” series.
French, Born in 1985, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, currently resides in Vannes, France.

Micro Sculptures from Graphite by Salavat Fidai from Russia.

Micro Sculptures from Graphite by Salavat Fidai from Russia.
About Artist - Salavat Fidai was born and raised in a small village at the foot of the Ural Mountains in Russia. He grew up in a family of teachers who taught art at school. He was surrounded by a creative atmosphere and since his early childhood Salavat was interested in the Visual Arts. However, he never followed in the footsteps of his parents. At that time, he did not believe it was possible to make a living as an Artist. So he decided to become a Lawyer.

He graduated a Law Faculty and worked for more than 20 years in trading companies. He was successful in his career and received a senior role in a prestigious company. Although his life was very comfortable, he didn’t truly feel content with his Career.

He came to a turning point, when he began to reflect on the meaning of life and his purpose. He bravely left his job and spent a year searching for answers to the questions; Who am I? What is my destiny? He changed his lifestyle; no more Television, included some spiritual practices, a lot of reading and traveling with his family. Finally, he found his answers and decided to devote himself to art. He wanted to go back to a time, when as a child, he was painting every day! That is what made him truly happy, then and now.

Salavat decided to become an Artist in every sense of the word. He was beginning to see life in a different light, his world sparkled with new colours. He gained life’s true meaning, to see the beauty in everything and to do what one loves. It was a very difficult and risky decision to refuse a highly paid job, and to deprive his family of stable income. He was nervous about embarking on this journey without any guarantee of success.

With the support of family and friends, he began to believe in himself and gained international recognition.

About Carved Pencils - At school, I really liked carving sculptures out of wood and chalk. I liked to carve animals and portraits of ancient heroes. In early 2015, I returned to the forgotten passion and discovered a new material: pencil graphite rods.

This is a unique and very interesting form of art. Graphite is an extremely brittle material, and sculptures often break down in the process. But it does not upset me, on the contrary, I find it exciting and suspenseful. Every new sculpture is a challenge and there is no absolute guarantee that I will succeed. The more complicated the shape, the more interesting I find it.

The process of carving sculptures for me is like meditation. While working I listen to instrumental music, it helps me to concentrate and clears some space in my mind for inspiration. I have to work at night, when the whole family is asleep, so there are no interruptions.

I find ideas and themes for my sculptures in my surroundings; Movies and Cartoons, Animals, Pop Culture, Comic Books, Works of Art, Household Items and Architecture. Occasionally I get ideas from my fans and subscribers on Instagram.